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Too quickly thru Malaysia

MALAYSIA | Wednesday, 19 Dec 2007 | Views [3697] | Comments [2]

Langkawi Arriving in the dark from the Koh Lipe ferry, when I found a taxi I was a bit suspicious of the driver's claims that almost every bed on the island was full. Lankawi is right up in the north west of the peninsular part of Malaysia, ... Read more >

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Gallery: Malaysia

MALAYSIA | Tuesday, 18 Dec 2007 | Photo Gallery

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Thailand - Bangkok + Western Islands

THAILAND | Friday, 7 Dec 2007 | Views [3096] | Comments [3]

Just before leaving Macau I decided to charge up my laptop - a bad decision since after about five minutes there was a short power cut.   When the power came back a few seconds later, the laptop was kaput, and making a high pitched whining sound.... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine

Hong Kong and Macau

MACAU | Wednesday, 21 Nov 2007 | Views [5692] | Comments [3]

Statue of Hong Kong hero Bruce Lee on the Avenue of Stars in Hong Kong. After a short and fast train journey from Guangzhou, I arrived in Kowloon, just across Victoria Harbour from Hong Kong Island. So far since leaving Scotland, ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Guilin, Yangshuo and Guangzhou

CHINA | Thursday, 15 Nov 2007 | Views [14967] | Comments [7]

This rabbit above had escaped from a cage outside the restaurant next door, causing much fuss in the mini supermarket! Guilin After arriving and dropping my stuff at the hostel, I went back to the train station to arrange onward tickets, ... Read more >

Tags: Mountains

Yunnan Province

CHINA | Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | Views [5514] | Comments [5]

After 12 hours in a constantly stopping, rickety old hard sleeper carriage from Emei to Panzhihua, I met Norwegian Marianne and Dutch Pieter an the start of an 8 hour bumpy bus journey across the mountainous Sichuan-Yunnan border. They were also heading ... Read more >

Tags: Mountains

Chengdu to Emei Shan

CHINA | Saturday, 27 Oct 2007 | Views [13862] | Comments [4]

Thanks for all the very kind comments, but you'll be glad to know that I'm leaving soon for a mammoth journey to Lijiang (which isn't even very far away), so this one's going to be mainly pictures. Along with the Giant Buddha in Leshan (one of ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road


CHINA | Monday, 22 Oct 2007 | Views [4760] | Comments [7]

Telling me all about China before I left, Rosie McC said that Xian (Xi'an - pronounced like Sheean - just a wee city compared to Beijing and Shanghai, with only 7 million people!) was a great place, and she wasn't lying! After a few days ... Read more >

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Gallery: China

CHINA | Tuesday, 16 Oct 2007 | Photo Gallery

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Beijing and Shanghai

CHINA | Tuesday, 16 Oct 2007 | Views [3280] | Comments [3]

Ni Hao!   Arriving in Beijing, I was quite glad that - before leaving the UK - I'd used accumulated Airmiles to book a couple of nights in a hotel.  It was well nice to indulge in some 'flashpacking' at the end of all the train journeys from Russia, ... Read more >

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MONGOLIA | Friday, 5 Oct 2007 | Views [5434] | Comments [2]

We arrived early doors in what is officially the coldest capital city in the world, Ulaanbaatar, and were met at the station by what was - after plenty dour Russian receptions along the way - a very welcome warm smile from our lovely Mongolian ... Read more >

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Through Siberia

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Friday, 5 Oct 2007 | Views [3589] | Comments [1]

Four of us in a kupe cabin (two German guys, Holger and Thomas; one Swedish girl, Eva plus me) we left Moscow not long before midnight, with the temperature outside chilly, but swelteringly hot inside the train - especially for Holger and me on ... Read more >

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Gallery: Mongolia

MONGOLIA | Friday, 5 Oct 2007 | Photo Gallery

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Moscow (Moscaaw for US readers!)

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Sunday, 23 Sep 2007 | Views [2286] | Comments [3]

I'm иow on my last day in Moscow, heading off for the 5,500+ mile train jouяney towards Beijing late tonight.  Should get to Beijing in just under two weeks, afteя three nights near Lake Baikal (Eastern Russia), three nights in Mongolia and the rest ... Read more >

Tags: On the Rails

From Russia with Love / Daylight Robbery

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Friday, 21 Sep 2007 | Views [4043] | Comments [5]

Arriving With me just slightly concerned about having all the right visas and documentation to satisfy the famously tricky on-train Russian immigration officers, the Finnish train Sibelius rolled gently out of Helsinki at 07.27, bound for St ... Read more >

Tags: Scams & Robberies

Gallery: Russia

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Friday, 21 Sep 2007 | Photo Gallery

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Generalisations about Scandinavia

FINLAND | Monday, 17 Sep 2007 | Views [2088] | Comments [5]

- The cities have lots of good buskers, using all sorts of instuments - trumpets, saxaphones, wine glasses, glockenspiels etc. - The food from kiosks on the street is surprisingly good, but not that cheap. - Coffee is taken quite seriously, and ... Read more >

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Me Thinki, Helsinki

FINLAND | Sunday, 16 Sep 2007 | Views [2840] | Comments [2]

WTF Magazine. Welcome to Finland indeed! Helsinki seems like a great place, despite the chilly Baltic wind that blows from time to time. Having done some tourist bits on Saturday, I headed out later ... Read more >

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Turku and Tampere

FINLAND | Saturday, 15 Sep 2007 | Views [3786] | Comments [3]

Eleven hours for the Viking Line ferry between Stockholm and Turku seemed excessive, but the reason became clear soon enough - for most of the way we had to go slowly as our huge ferry negotiated the way through the huge Stockholm Archipelago ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Gallery: Finland - Turku, Tampere and Helsinki

UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 15 Sep 2007 | Photo Gallery

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Stockholm by Segway

SWEDEN | Wednesday, 12 Sep 2007 | Views [3891] | Comments [1]

I arrived in Stockholm on Monday 10th, and after three nights here, I'll be leaving very early tomorrow morning to head for Finland on the ferry.   I've been staying in Fridhemsplan (a few tube stops out), at a massive hostel with several hundred ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

City of Gothenburg

SWEDEN | Sunday, 9 Sep 2007 | Views [7102] | Comments [5]

Haj from Sweden! Actually for some reason they normally say it twice, quickly, sounding like 'Hai Hai'. 'Yu-te-bori' is about the same size as Edinburgh, and is the largest university city in Scandinavia with over 60,000 students.  Like Edinburgh ... Read more >

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Gallery: Sweden - Goteborg and Stockholm

SWEDEN | Sunday, 9 Sep 2007 | Photo Gallery

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NORWAY | Friday, 7 Sep 2007 | Views [1385] | Comments [2]

Oslo For some reason, Oslo is very busy at the moment, and I was struggling to find accommodation, until I tried the MS Innvik B&B which had a last minute cancellation, so could fit me in. The B&B is on ... Read more >

Tags: Culture

Flam tastic

NORWAY | Friday, 7 Sep 2007 | Views [3950] | Comments [1]

Day five, and I stayed one night in the tiny Fjord town of Flam (pronounced 'Flom' as it's got dots above the 'a'), having taken the train from Bergen to Voss, the bus from Voss to Gudvangen - down the steepest road in Norway apparently, and then two ... Read more >

Tags: Mountains

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